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A Kiss in Time

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  17,422 Ratings  ·  1,738 Reviews
Talia fell under a spell...Jack broke the curse.

I was told to beware the accursed spindle, but it was so enchanting, so hypnotic...

I was looking for a little adventure the day I ditched my tour group. But finding a comatose town, with a hot-looking chick asleep in it, was so not what I had in mind.

I awakened in the same place but in another time—to a stranger's soft kiss.

Hardcover, 371 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published November 9th 2008)
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Howdy YAL
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Sleeping Beauty.

No, I'm not talking about the Disney movie. Though I have to say that movie is kick ass if for anything the artwork. Yeah, Aurora is a bit of a Mary Sue (okay, a lot), but the villain and the faeries make up for it. Not to mention, Prince Phillip is the first Disney prince that is sort of not a man-cessory. But we're not talking about the Disney movie.


Instead, we're talking about Alex Flinn's Sleeping Beauty retelling, A Kiss in Time.

Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

When Jack escaped for the summer on a trip around Europe, he never dreamed he would be pulled into a real-life fairy tale.

His main goal in agreeing to the numbingly dull tour of European museums was to avoid an even more boring summer working in his father's company. Both his father and mother think he is a lazy slacker without any real interests. What they don't know is that Jack has an interest, but he knows that as the son of a
Feb 11, 2012 Jemimah rated it it was amazing
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I’m pretty new to the whole fairy tale retelling, and actually Beastly by this same author is the first and only other one I’ve read, which I enjoyed quite a bit. So I was curious how Alex Flinn would re-create Sleeping Beauty’s story in A Kiss in Time.

Overall, I have to say it was somewhat entertaining and at times slightly far-fetched. So if you go into this story with the intention of being entertained, you’ll enjoy this book. However, if you’re looking for a re-telling, that’s where some mi
Anne Osterlund
Nov 16, 2010 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talia is a spoiled brat, AKA princess, who disobeyed her parents’ warning three hundred years ago, touched a spindle, and sent her country into a three century comatose state. Jack is slacker—stuck on a European tour, sick of museums, and intent on finding the beach. Instead he finds Talia, kisses her, and winds up with Her Royal Highness in tow on a fast getaway from the dungeon and a quick flight to Miami.

Not exactly a match made in a fairy tale.

But somehow Talia, with Jack, isn’t so spoiled.

Morgan Walsh
Jan 28, 2011 Morgan Walsh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this, and I have to say--it's so cute! The couple of Jack and Talia, well, what's not to love? Talia's a girl who doesn't consider herself to be spoiled, but in fact is, and is kind of a brat. She transforms to a kind, warm-hearted girl who adapts fairly well to this century, going from a girl who believes that men are the ones to do all of the work, to a believer of women's rights and hard work. Jack transforms from a Miami party-boy, although to be honest I never really ...more
Krista (I remember you, Min) (Critical)
I adore this book. It's hilarious, for one thing. Furthermore, it's the kind of book that hooks you in with the first page. The two person narrative between Talia and Jack was brilliantly done, and made the character development for both characters much stronger; Plus, it made the relationship between Talia and Jack much more realisitc, and I could actually see their opinions of eachother bloom throughout the book. Alex Flinn also does a good job of portraying teenage characters—sometimes ...more
Sierra Abrams
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Pages: 371
Release Date: April 28th, 2008
Date Read: 2011, May 14th-18th
Received: Own
Rating: 4/5 stars
Recommended to: 15+

Reviewed Fairy Tale Fortnight.

Summary -
Spindles are an illegal device not to be had. At least, not in Euphrasia. Euphrasia is a small country near Belgium, and its princess, Talia, has been put under a spell. A spell that says she will prick her finger on a spindle before her sixteenth birthday, and she will die. The good fairies tried to cha
Jun 26, 2011 Michelle rated it it was ok
Princess Talia of Euphrasia pricks her finger on a spindle, causing the entire kingdom to fall asleep for 300 years. They awaken when Talia is kissed by Jack, a teenager sent by his parents to tour Europe for the summer. A Kiss In Time is obviously a modern retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

I try really hard to write balanced reviews. I try to point out the good with the bad. I'm having a hard time finding the good here. I should start by saying that I really enjoyed Flinn's Beastly, and I love fairy
Book Concierge
This is a modern re-telling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. On the eve of the 16th birthday Princess Talia (Aurora is a middle name), pricks her finger on a spindle and she and everyone in the kingdom fall into a deep sleep, never to awaken until her one true love awakens her with a kiss. Three hundred years later, Jack is on a European tour. Bored with museums and churches he convinces his friend Travis to ditch the tour and head for the beach. But they get lost and discover the abandoned ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
4.5 stars

A Kiss In Time was a wonderful story! I've read a few fairy tale retellings this year and enjoyed them all, so I definitely plan on reading more in this genre. I loved that while A Kiss In Time (obviously) had similarities to Sleeping Beauty, it was also very different!

There were many times I laughed out loud while listening to this book. Maybe it was the way the narrators (who were great, by the way) read the story, but I loved how hilarious A Kiss In Time was at times. For instance, s
Un retelling de lo más interesante. ¿Qué pasaría si la bella durmiente despertara en el siglo XXI?
Sinceramente, no sabía que esperar de este libro y me ha sorprendido gratamente. Es el tipo de lecturas ligeras que te dejan con una gran sonrisa en el rostro y te hacen creer de nuevo en el amor. O al menos te transportan a tu infancia, donde todo era más sencillo.
Talía me encantó. Aunque al principio creí que era la típica princesa tonta y superficial, termino siendo un personaje reflexivo y empát
Shannah Mauney
Dec 26, 2013 Shannah Mauney rated it really liked it
This book was a fun, easy read. I really enjoyed the characters and the fast pace of the book. This modern retelling of the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty was very well written and entertaining. I loved the book!
Suad Shamma
Nov 23, 2012 Suad Shamma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011
This story was such an easy read that captivated me from the start. I had started off reading this story just before dinner, and thought I would just read a couple of chapters while I waited for dinner to be ready, but instead found myself reading and not wanting to stop! Suffice it to say, I finished reading this book in less than 24 hours.

I have to say though, I enjoyed the first half of the book a lot more than the second half.

It started out perfectly with Alex Flinn giving us a brief histor
Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
To let you know something more about the plot we basically follow the story of Sleeping Beauty when she wakes up. Talia happened to be the Sleeping Beauty 300 years ago, and at the start of the book we see a little of how she found the spindle. Then, we are coming in our time and see how Jack found her and kissed her. That's only the first part of the book. The story continues with Talia following Jack cause she thinks he is her destiny and try to make him fall in love with her while Jack feels ...more
Last read: April 2012
Re-read: June 17, 2015

First of all, Wowza! this book was just everything I wanted it to be. It takes place first of in the 1700 century with Talia and tells of the tale similar to sleeping beauty on how she pricks her finger and sleeps.

The story then jumps three hundred so years and that's where Jack (awesome but slacker) comes into the story. He decided to skip his Europe tour and ends up coming across a magical place where everyone seems to be asleep and not helping
Oct 04, 2009 Lexie rated it liked it
Shelves: review-blog-pr
Like Flinn's other young adult novel I read (Beastly) this is a fairy tale re-done and modernized. In this case its 'Sleeping Beauty' and I definitely feel less of a Disney vibe from this (for some reason Beastly put me in mind of the Disney Beauty and the Beast, not the fairy tale itself). I do admit however that Sleeping Beauty was never a popular fairy tale for me growing up--it didn't seem like the Princess did anything at all, but she got herself a Prince. It seemed terribly unfair to me.

Mar 06, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it
Talia is a 316 year old princess, asleep for 300 of those years after pricking her finger on a spindle. Jack is a 16 year old boy in the 21st century who accidentally stumbles upon the sleeping town of Eurasia and awakens Talia with a kiss.

Nobody in the town knows that they have been asleep for 300 years and they are not happy when they find out. They are even more unhappy when they find out that Jack woke Talia with a kiss. Talia has become an outsider to her family and feels like her father wi
Jul 08, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like Beastly or the movie Enchanted
Recommended to Carrie by: a devastatingly nice librarian
Shelves: reviewed
I probably would never have read this book, if not for a librarian who forced it upon me. (I'll explain.) Honestly, it was because of the title. And the cover wasn't helping much either. But one day, I was at the library, and this librarian (who's really nice, she didn't actually FORCE me to read it) found out that I really liked other books by Alex Flinn, Beastly and Bewitching. Anyway, she recommended this book, which I had seen before, and never particularly wanted to read. So I smiled and no ...more
May 30, 2009 Rachel rated it really liked it
Yep, finally someone thought of this. And it works, actually. The scenes with Talia feel like a Jessica Day George novel, which I enjoyed a lot because I like my girly-princess stories. Jack and his family, on the other hand, provided a stark contrast. Talia and Jack together equal an enchanting love story.

Alex Flinn goes a little beyond what Disney was able to achieve in their movie Enchanted, by addressing the issue of teen girls and their desperation for beauty and attention from boys. Inste
Katieeoh Lacanlale
Sep 01, 2011 Katieeoh Lacanlale rated it really liked it
If you are a big fan of Beastly, which is made also by Alex Flinn, then you would love this another great book of hers. I just read this overnight and I think its the first time I read that fast, or maybe its because the book isn’t that thick at all. I love this book, I’ll rate it 5 stars. I’m a big fan of fairytale stories since I was little, like I re watch all Disney princesses movies all the time and now that I’m older, I watch it again! Sometimes with my little cousins who loves and adores ...more
Kathy * Bookworm Nation
Aug 07, 2009 Kathy * Bookworm Nation rated it really liked it
This was a fun retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. I’m not sure if it has been done before, but the idea of a modern day teenager waking up a princess who has been asleep for three hundred years was genius. Talia lives a very sheltered life due to the curse that was placed on her as a baby. In order to prevent the curse from being fulfilled her parent’s ban the use of spindles in their kingdom and Talia is never left alone. She starts out kind of bratty, which is kind of understandable ...more
Leanne Bell
Wow, and Wow again! Ok, so i have a major soft spot for re-telling of fairytales and i'm really going through them pretty fast (next on my list: princess of the midnight ball). But anyway, why i loved this book so much...

Firstly, the idea itself is amazing, and although it could have gone very badly, it didn't. Pairing up a 300 year old princess with old fashioned ideals with a modern guy who likes parties and just got dumped by his girlfriend was a stroke of genius, as the two can't be more dif
Dec 29, 2009 Kapri rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-reviewed
To start off, let me just say that this is possibly one of the cheesiest books I've read so far. Right on up there with Beastly.

Now that I've said that, let me also just say that this is also a totally awesome book. Right on up there with Beastly.

Other than the cheese factor, I really enjoyed this book. It was a really fun read. It switches off between characters, Jack and Talia. They were both pretty enjoyable characters. Talia was a little stuck up in the beggining, but this is how it's suppos
I didn't realize when I first found A Kiss in Time that it was a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. How I missed that, I honestly don't know. I just thought it was a story of a girl who had been cursed to sleep until true loves kiss. Now that I think about it, that is Sleeping Beauty. How did I miss that...?

Anyway. I found the book to be truly humorous. It's a recipe for success in my book. See, you mix:
1 316-year-old Princess of a forgotten kingdom cursed to sleep until true love's kiss
2 Bored teena
May 11, 2012 Genie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A Kiss in Time was my first Alex Flinn book and I was very impressed. Right now, I have 4 books by her because I really loved how she express her feelings in the characters. I especially loved A Kiss in Time in all of the other books because when I read it, I got stuck and I didn't want to take my eyes of it. At first I didn't really liked Talia because she acted all spoiled because she's a princess. But later on when she was with Jack, she changed. Even though some people might think that ...more
Esto ha sido una verdadera pérdida de tiempo y UGH. Es la primera vez que de verdad abandono un libro para no volver a tocarlo JAMÁS.

Llegué a la página 50 y no pude seguir de aquí:
"She's taller than almost everyone else here, and thin in all the right places..."
A VER, CARAJO. ¿Cómo puedes saber que alguien en más alto que el resto de las personas si TODOS están dormidos y ella está tirada en el piso con un vestido de pastel encima? Yo te digo: NO PUEDES. ¿Cómo rayos es que alguien es delgado "in
Jun 24, 2012 Ayesha rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks-i-own
This book was a retelling of The Sleeping Beauty..The spoilt princess,Talia has been in a deep sleep ever since she's pricked her hand at the spindle until Jack,an irresponsible 21st century guy comes along and kisses her ,waking her up and the entire kingdom who'd fallen asleep with her.

Result:Panic..'cause Jack wasn't a prince and this commoner couldn't possibly be her true love. Needing to escape her parents and the desire to tour the world leads to Talia running away with Jack.

This book was
Jun 16, 2015 Ketandu rated it really liked it
This was a very likable novel. It was easy to read and enjoyable. Our two main characters, Jack and Talia, were sweet. Though, at times, Jack was a tad self observed. I liked the ending and how the fairy, Malvolia, joined them in their play version of Jack and Talia's love story. I really liked Meryl as well and how easily her Talia became close.
Overall, great book. :)
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
I forgot to mark this book as read.
It was a happy bubbly teen kind of a fairytale. I think that Beastly was better. So If you thinking about reading this after you read Beastly,please dont. You will be disappointed.
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“Listen.” The voice is extremely loud, and I am forced to hold the telephone away from my ear.
“I don’t know who you are, or why you have Jack’s phone, but he is my boyfriend, and—”
Boyfriend? What is a boyfriend? Perhaps it is something like a beau.
“Is he engaged to you, then?” I hope not.
“What? No. Of course not.”
“Oh, what a relief. He is my true love, and you do not sound very nice.”
“What? Listen, you . . .”
And then, strangely enough, she calls me a female dog.”
“True love would look a second time. True love would not be thwarted. True love would not accept no for an answer. He would search the world and certainly look again and again in every cottage until he finds you.” 79 likes
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